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August 21, 2014
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A child shall lead them - Children conduct Sunday church service
Tamara Bailey, Star Writer

Young Chrystal Campbell leads the congregation into the consecration service with prayer choruses. - Tamara Bailey

Saskyah Campbell doing her sign language piece.

Pastor Basil Barnaby delivering his sermon, specially geared towards children and parents.

The Sunday School choir, directed by five-year-old Kayla Peart, thrilled the congregation.

A special love offering was collected by the children for the advancement of their programme.

Hatfield, Manchester:

Sounds of praise rang out at the Great Commission Apostolic Church on Sunday, as the children of the insitution conducted the worship service.

The fairly new church, celebrating a year and a few months of existence, has a significant part of its congregation being children and thought it fit to highlight the talent that abounds within them.

The special service saw approximately 30 children from as young as five up to age 14 doing scripture reading, recitals and dances.

Winsome Leach, a missionary at the church, said this came out of a need to help children realise that they are as much an important part to the worship service and are appreciated. She said a significant number of the children come to church every Sunday, even though their parents don't turn up

"Programmes like this help to keep them involved and present in church and we want them to come back, so we have to let them know how special they are," she said.

The church, which is firm on sustaining the positive development of the children, not only help them hone their talents through participation but also through grants as evidenced by one child who received a $10,000 grant for back to school.

Exuding nothing but high energy and love, the group moved mightily through the congregation with their ministry and hearts were indeed blessed. One woman who had come to watch her nieces participate, broke down as she expressed the sheer joy it gave her to see them doing something so positive.

Pastor of the church, Basil Barnaby, in his sermon, called on parents to not only send their children to church but to also join them. He implored parents present to ensure their children are elevated with the words they tell them, as words are powerful and children can become so comfortable that they can express anything they need to.

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